US And Europe Are Worried About Iranian Missiles
US sanctions against Iran proved to be practically worthless, at least in terms of limiting its growing influence in the Middle East. US media reported that the Iranian military, taking advantage of the riots in neighboring Iraq, secretly transferred short-range missiles to its territory. While Washington fears that Tehran will inflict another blow on opponents in the region, as well as increasing criticism due to violation of human rights by the Iranian authorities, European countries express concern about the growing nuclear ambitions of the Islamic republic.
According to The New York Times, the Iranian military, while throwing rockets into Iraq, is trying to strengthen Tehran’s influence in the region and create a secret arsenal in case of attacks from the United States or Israel. According to the publication, citing unnamed sources, missiles are transferred to local militias, which, taking advantage of anarchy, take control of roads, bridges and other objects of Iraqi transport infrastructure. This makes it easier to smuggle weapons.
Iran’s secret overseas arsenal is growing even despite the sending of the US military to the Middle East. Since May 2019, 14,000 troops have been deployed to the region, primarily for serving on ships and working with missile defense systems.
Sources in The New York Times refused to indicate specific models of missiles that are being sent to Iraq. Meanwhile, as a rule, short-range missiles can strike at targets 1 thousand km from the base. That is, being launched from the territory of Iraq, they can fly, for example, to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Riyadh.
Iran is accustomed to criticism from the United States, but this time the EU countries did not stand aside, trying their best to preserve the nuclear deal after the Americans left it. The criticism was formulated in a letter that the representatives of France, Germany and the United Kingdom sent to the UN Secretary General António Guterres. They stated that Iran is developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear charges. And this contradicts the decision of the UN Security Council. This is not about a nuclear deal, which did not affect the creation of ballistic missiles, but about the Security Council resolution adopted after it.